Game One: It was a pitcher's duel between SCC's Kaleb Sanderson and Pratt's Dalton Huggins. Each pitcher struck out seven batters. Sanderson was on the mound for two unearned runs, but the pitcher did not give up an earned run. The sophomore also pitched out of two crucial bases loaded jams in the 5th inning...allowing just one unearned run as a result. Aaron Palensky provided the late game heroics with a three-run double to jump ahead of the Beavers 4-3. Ruben Rameriz entered the game in the 9th, and promptly struck out two batters before retiring the 3rd out on a shallow pop fly to Jacob Arizpe. The normally hot hitting Storm only mustered three hits and managed to overcome four errors. But their error prone ways would come back to haunt them in the 2nd game.
Game Two: The Beavers jumped on Southeast 4-0 in the top of the 1st inning. Mason Prososki countered the Storm offense with a solo home run. SCC added two more to make it 4-3 at the end of the inning. Joesph Vargas rebounded to pitch two shut out innings, but numerous errors by SCC's fielding help Pratt take an 8-3 lead in the 4th. The Storm battled back with three runs in the the bottom of the 4th and another in 5th to make it a game again 8-7. But the Beavers added two more insurance runs in the 8th and 9th innings to come out on top 10-7. Southeast committed a total of six errors in the game. Alec Lee had a home run. Chris Cornish and Prososki added two RBIs each in the losing effort.
Game Three: Ross Lowe started at catcher in the rubber match between SCC and Pratt. And the sophomore made the most of it, as he uncorked a grand slam in the first inning to bolster the Storm to a 10-6 series winning victory on Sunday. The team unleashed five runs in the first inning. Justin Reinkall held down the pitching for seven innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four on his way to the win. Pratt jumped on relief pitcher Josh Lallier in the 8th inning, forcing him out of the game after getting five runs across to pull within 9-5. Brenton Davis added an RBI insurance run to go up 10-5 in the bottom of the 8th. Pratt was only able to get one more run as Ruben Ramirez came in to close the game for the Storm.
Southeast moves to 34-12 with the series win as they wrap up the home schedule. They lost just three games at Christenson Field this season. SCC travels to Highland on Tuesday, May 1st. They conclude the regular season May 4th and 5th, with a four game series at MCC-Longview.